Nigeria’s opposition political parties, under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), are pushing for the arrest and prosecution of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, over alleged N2.5bn Digital Switch Over fraud in the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

CUPP spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere in a statement on Friday said NBC Director-General, Kawu Modibbo, who is currently being prosecuted over the matter, is being used as a scapegoat to save the minister.

According to him, it is shocking that a government that claims it is fighting corruption could retain a minister whose ministry oversees the commission entangled in fraud.

Ugochinyere said, “Opposition political parties have expressed concern over the pressure being mounted by the Presidency on the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission to discontinue the investigation of a N2.5bn Digital Switch Over fraud rocking the National Broadcasting Commission because the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, whose ministry supervises the commission is linked to the fraud.

“It is surprising that President Muhammadu Buhari will keep boasting of fighting corruption while in the real sense of it, his government is corruption personified.

“The Federal Government is currently prosecuting the Director-General of the NBC, Kawu Modibbo, on the matter while Lai Mohammed is left alone despite that he was linked to the fraud.

“What we have seen so far is that Alhaji Mohammed has continued to make inflammatory comments in order to continue to appease the Presidency for shielding him from prosecution.

“We therefore demand the arrest and prosecution of Alhaji Lai Mohammed over this monumental fraud to prove that this administration is indeed committed to fighting corruption.”


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